Galilee is a Spiritual and Faith Formation Program for experienced educators, non-teaching professional staff and leaders in Catholic Schools. The program is ideal for those wanting to explore their faith and spirituality in a way that also supports and empowers their professional work. There are three programs on offer: Galilee 1.0 Stepping Stones; Galilee 2.0 Opening Doors; and, Galilee 3.0 Leading the Way.

We understand that there’s no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to spiritual and faith exploration. That’s why these programs have been specifically designed to cater to everyone’s unique spiritual and faith formation journey. Galilee offers participants the opportunity to deepen their relationship with God, self, and others. This serves to rediscover and strengthen the balance within their own spiritual well-being and assist Christian professional growth.

Supporting Your Professional Career

Entering into a relationship with God involves entering into the Mystery of God. Sometimes, in the exciting, stressful whirlwind of professional life, it can be difficult to reflect on — and find a way to — communicate what’s it’s like to be in a relationship with God or have an encounter with Him. Galilee can lead you to a greater understanding of the Mystery of God present in your life, as your knowledge and insights increase over the course of the program.

Spiritual experiences are often the beginnings of profound personal change, which impact the choices we make. Through these experiences, we unpack the challenge of freely and boldly proclaiming the Good News, and gain wisdom in living out the faith we profess. Galilee is designed to support Catholic school leaders throughout this process.

As many participants aspire to become leaders of their school communities, the program encourages a greater confidence in promoting a Catholic identity and worldview.

Galilee Program Overview

Galilee 1.0 and 2.0 have three meetings — or ‘Gatherings’ — conducted over the year. Galilee 3.0 is designed for those those who have completed the first two Galilees and want to explore their leadership in spiritual and faith formation. This program has one Retreat Gathering each year. All programs may satisfy hours for accreditation renewal.

Topics are drawn from the Scriptural and theological foundations of the Catholic spiritual and faith traditions. Throughout Galilee, participants are invited to critically explore the content and to practise prayerful exercises. This deep learning supports teaching from a Catholic perspective within Religious Education and across the school curriculum.


Enquiries about these programs may be directed to:
Joanne Harris,
Team Leader,
Galilee Program Overview,
Catholic Institute of Western Australia,

Did You Know?

The Galilee program is named after the resurrection story of Jesus as recorded in Matthew, which states: “Indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him,” (Matt 28:7b). This verse highlights the idea of a journey which needs to be taken, the result of which is coming face-to-face with Jesus — this notion was the catalyst for Galilee.

In walking the journey, it is our sincere and prayerful hope that participants see Him, not only externally, but — to quote Saint Benedict — with the “eyes of the heart”.

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